VMI Museums to Observe Anniversary of Stonewall Jackson’s Death
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VMI Museums Observe Anniversary of Stonewall Jackson's Death
LEXINGTON, Va., April 25, 2013 – The Virginia Military Institute museum system will sponsor a series of events observing the 150th anniversary of the last days of VMI faculty member and Confederate Civil War hero Gen. T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson.
A special exhibit, "Fourteen Days in May: T.J. Jackson's Wounding, Death and Burial," will open in the VMI Museum on Wednesday, May 1, and run through September. The exhibit will feature seldom-seen items from the collections of the Stonewall Jackson House and VMI Museum related to Jackson's death.
In addition to Jackson's bullet-scarred raincoat, the exhibit will feature his blood-stained handkerchief and greenery plucked from his casket. Also on exhibit will be a surgeon's needle used in the amputation of Jackson's arm and a surgeon's kit owned by Jackson's doctor, Hunter McGuire.
On Sunday, May 19, at 3:15 p.m. in Jackson Memorial Hall, National Park Service historian Frank O'Reilly will present a lecture on Jackson's final hours and last journey to Lexington. That hour was chosen because Jackson died at 3:15 p.m. on a Sunday, May 15, 1863.
O'Reilly works at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and lives at Guinea Station in Caroline County, very near the site of Jackson's death. He volunteered at the Stonewall Jackson House while an undergraduate at Washington and Lee University in Lexington.
A reception in the VMI Museum will follow the talk.
Located in Jackson Memorial Hall at VMI, the VMI Museum is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The Stonewall Jackson House Museum is located at 8 E. Washington St, Lexington, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, including May 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults age 18 and older, $6 for youths 6 to 17, $5 for VMI alumni, and free for children under 6 and VMI faculty, staff, and cadets.
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